SIC Hosts Mine Rescue Competition
HARRISBURG -- Teams from four states came together Tuesday to compete in the third annual mine rescue and skills competition at Southeastern Illinois College.
"The difference between a mine rescue competition and a skills competition is that there is multiple events going on at the same time," explained Mike Thomas.
"It's a coming thing. You can see it's already out east working its way, and it's going to be the mining training event," Smith told News 3.
The competition features various stations like fire training, first aid and smoke and gas testing.
Mine rescue captain Dustin Patterson says a competition like this can be critical in the event of a real emergency.
After the first day of competition, Pattiki-White County Coal was in first place, followed by Mach M Class & Viking State in second and Gateway in third.
Seven more teams will compete Wednesday. The overall winner of both days will qualify for a national competition in October.
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